New International Version
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
King James Bible
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
Darby Bible Translation
I am to be one that is a derision to his friend, I who call upon +God, and whom he will answer: a derision is the just upright [man].
World English Bible
I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor, I, who called on God, and he answered. The just, the blameless man is a joke.
Young's Literal Translation
A laughter to his friend I am: 'He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter is the perfect righteous one.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am as one mocked of his neighbor - Though I am invoking God for help and salvation, yet my friends mock me in this most solemn and sacred work. But God answereth me.
The just upright man is laughed to scorn - This is a very difficult verse, on which no two critics seem to be agreed. Mr. Good translates the fourth and fifth verses thus: -
"Thus brother is become a laughing-stock to his companions,
While calling upon God that he would succor him.
The just, the perfect man, is a laughing-stock to the proud,
A derision amidst the sunshine of the prosperous,
While ready to slip with his foot.
For a vindication of this version, I must refer to his notes. Coverdale gives at least a good sense. Thus he that calleth upon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neighboure: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorne. Godlynesse is a light despysed in the hertes of the rich; and is set for them to stomble upon. The fifth verse is thus rendered by Mr. Parkhurst: "A torch of contempt, or contemptible link, (see Isaiah 7:4; Isaiah 40:2, Isaiah 40:3), לעשתות leashtoth, to the splendours of the prosperous (is he who is) ready (נכון nachon, Job 15:23; Job 18:12; Psalm 38:17) to slip with his foot." The general sense is tolerably plain; but to emendations and conjectures there is no end.
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he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep." But they laughed at him.
Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
"Although I am blameless, I have no concern for myself; I despise my own life.
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
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